Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

W.Va. GOP Looking to Fill Seat after Dailer Takes Position with RNC

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

W.Va. GOP Looking to Fill Seat after Dailer Takes Position with RNC

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West Virginia Republican Party Executive Director Matt Dailer is taking a position with the Republican National Committee, according to a statement issued by the state GOP. A Wheeling native and Marshall University graduate, Dailer has been with the West Virginia GOP since 2012 and led the party in its historic 2014 run to take control of the state Legislature, which had been under Democratic control since the 1930s.

"This is the type of opportunity that might only come around once in a lifetime and I'm very excited, Dailer said in the news release. "I've been part of something special in West Virginia and I know we've had a lasting impact. I'll be forever indebted to Chairman [Conrad] Lucas for the opportunity and will greatly miss our team.

"I look forward to watching Bill Cole [win] the governor's office while I hope to play a role in a Republican winning the White House. West Virginia will always be my home.

State Republican Chairman Conrad Lucas said in the statement that he couldn't be more proud of Dailer.

"One of our own has been called up to the majors and I couldn't be more proud of him, he said. "Matt is a dear friend and this is the type of opportunity that he deserves. The RNC took notice of the great things that happened last year in West Virginia and it is natural for them to tap a member of our team.

"West Virginia is a better place because of Matt Dailer, and while he will be missed, he's off to help us win the White House - and that's where he is most needed.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., whose victory in taking the Senate seat previously held by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller was part of the Republicans' historic takeover, said Dailer would be missed.

"Matt has been a tremendous asset to our State and our Party, Capito said in the statement. "He was a major factor in the Party's success over the last two election cycles. …

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